Alexey Vorobyov

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See-through cells to turn windows into solar panels

A film that lets in light when placed over windows, but also generates solar power, has been developed by a team of chemical engineers.<p>The …

Worst Fashion Trends of Summer 2014

Summer fashion staples are a good thing—coming back to the perfect pair of cutoffs or flat leather sandals year after year feels so <i>right</i>, like being reunited with a best friend you haven't seen in a while. Each season gets peppered with its own trends, and, much like new people you meet, they're …

7 Essential Tips for Vacationing Alone

Credit: Lost In Travels Blog<p>A wise French dude once proclaimed, "Hell is other people" -- we can only guess he said this after spending two weeks traveling with a buddy. Sure, shared experiences are great, but nothing stresses a friendship quite like being forced to share hotel rooms, café tables, …

A Test That Quantifies Basic Language-Learning Ability

Are some people just better at becoming fluent in new languages as adults?<p>Until recently, it's been used exclusively in U.S. government agencies and military schools. But now, a test for how easily a person will become fluent in a foreign language could be made available for civilians. Nautilus …

NASA is now accepting applications from companies that want to mine the moon

NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals.<p>Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies …

World's first carbon fibre 3D printer on sale next month

The £3,000 desktop printer can manufacture carbon fibre parts that are 20 times stiffer and five times stronger than plastic parts<p>An American firm which manufactures components for race cars has spun-out a startup to bring the world’s first carbon fibre 3D printer to market.<p>The $5,000 (£3,000) Mark …

What is an astronomical unit?

Astronomers use astronomical units – or AU – to describe solar system distances. Definition of AU here. Also, mean distances in AU to prominent solar …